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Young's Double Chocolate Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
5,791 Ratings
Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of youngleo
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a big 3 fingered head. Head was caramel in color. Brew itself was almost black in color. Had some decent lacing that left thick rings around the side. Smelled of chocolate, a little hint of alcohol and burnt malt. Tasted like chocolate and burnt malt. The sweet of the chocolate was on the edge of being over powering. Left a sweet aftertaste in your mouth. Didnt feel thick in the mouth as you might expect. Carbonation I thought was good. This wouldnt be a good session beer. But in the right mood, it tastes damn good.

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Photo of mcraw88
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Tan/Milk chocolate colored head with wonderful peaks and nice tiny bubbles. Great lacing down the glass. Nice dark chocolate color with some lighter brown highlights

Smell - WOW! Chocolate in the nose is intense with this beer. A little dark roasted coffee also

Taste - Just like it smells. Straight up chocolate, dark chocolate with a little milk chocolate also. Some deep roasted malts towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Not to thick, just right. Leaves a thin syrupy film in your mouth. Just lightly carbonated

Drinkability - Not a session beer for sure. To much flavor in there. A great dessert beer. As someone said it is much better as it increases in temperature.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a nitro can into my pint. Deep opaque chocolate brown, crazy separation. The thick chocolatey syrup is carried to the top by the abundant tiny bubbles, mixing with the more pale top half. Thick, rich, never-ending milk chocolate head.
Smells just like hershey's chocolate syrup, and little else.
Tastes just like it smells, with an addition of uber rich malt. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and fairly viscous, coating your mouth. Mine had very little carbonation, more carbonation would have definitely helped me enjoy this more. One was plenty enough for me.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of normal carbonation example (not nitro can).

Pours very dark brown to near black with off-colored head. Nose is rich with chocolate, both dark and milk. Palate carries a huge chocolate influence, perhaps one of the few beers that just is like chocolate itself and not a mere resemblance. Carbonation is not bad.

Finish is sweet, almost too sweet. Good dessert beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Black marble with some mocha highlighting. Despite being afforded the odd sneak-peek at colour, Double Chocolate Stout is opaque and uncompromising to light. Its head is thick and predominant, in this case a consequence of the nitro-tap but similar observations are made from bottled samples. Lacing drapes downward like a water fall.

Here's a word of advice on Young's Double Chocolate Stout: let it warm up. It may seem an unusual recommendation to casual beer drinkers but ales (like wines) benefit from air; don't judge this one until you've given it time to breath a little. You'll notice a lot more chocolate flavour emerge.

The aroma showcases cocoa and chocolate. It is that simple. It smells like a finely conched Swiss milk chocolate and also imparts subtle hints of mocha and coffee. The chocolate comes in many forms: chocolate-covered wafers and biscuits are vividly sensed in the nose. Roasted dark (chocolate) malt can also be made out.

Each sip gratifies the palate with never ending notes of chocolate. Again, like a finely conched Swiss milk chocolate it is remarkably silky on the palate. Its texture is also quite biscuity. It has notes of bitter cocoa and mocha and also the impression of sugary hot chocolate powder; it is the epitome of bittersweet.

Young's have authentically replicated the flavour of chocolate like no other (with the only possible exception of Southern Tier's first batch of Choklat.) I don't know how they get it to taste this way, I don't know what they use, but I couldn't care less. I can't say enough - this tastes authentically like chocolate! And it's delicious each and every time I have it.

Few beers can procure flavour like Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It isn't complex but it need not be. If you have a sweet-tooth (or bittersweet-tooth) for high-quality Swiss milk chocolate then meet your match. There is something about this chocolaty biscuit profile that I seem to never tire of. I feel it deserves a spot right up there with the world's tastiest.

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Photo of iNHaze
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark chocolatebrown/black with ruby highlights against very strong light. Had an OK head which didn't stick around too long, think I need to try this again from a nitro-can or nitro tap. Excellent lacing though.

Smells definitely of chocolate, both of chocolate malt and of actual dark chocolate, without smelling sweet. Also, a definite character of roasted barley in the mix.

Tinge of floral hops up front, but this is quickly washed away by a very smoky midsection, I'd assume from roasted barley. The smokiness in the middle warms you up to a nice, rich chocolatey malt character, and a lingering bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Has a very slight chocolate aftertaste. The charcoaly, oaky smokiness in the middle is actually very pleasant and helps to balance the beer, which manages to taste very much of expensive dark chocolate without being sweet.

Mouthfeel is actually on the light side, with definite sparkling carbonation on the tongue.

Very drinkable. You don't have to have a sweet tooth to appreciate chocolate, and this beer delivers on exactly that; CHOCOLATE. I've always been a porter/stout kinda guy, and this beer would be a great way to end a day.

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Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with a big light-brown frothy head. Aroma is cocoa powder and roasted malts with a touch of milk chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate up front and slightly acidic roasted barley in the finish. Moderate bitterness. Smooth albeit a little watery. High drinkability. A good intro chocolate stout.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours an opaque black but lightens to brown at the edges when held to a lamp. Has 1.5" of mocha-colored head that takes several minutes to recede, leaving nice sticky lacing clumps down the glass.

S: Has a typical stout aroma, but heavier on the chocolate (of course), with roasted malt and coffee coming in lesser quantities. Not a very pungent aroma though.

T: Dark chocolate, lightly sweetened and with a contrasting bitterness that blends well into the understated roasted malt and espresso flavors. And yet, the beer is not super-sweet. Not a strong flavor, either.

M: Medium-low carbonation that gives the beer a nicely silky, velvety feel. The flavor is not sticky, which is a plus when you're dealing with something that is purposely sweetened. But it's hindered by a slightly thin body.

D: This is a decent beer, and it comes at a decent price... That's about it.

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Photo of seand
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours black, with a 2 finger creamy tan head. The head dies down a bit, but some foam on top sticks around, leaving great lacing.

S: Hints of chocolate and milky espresso.

T: Cappuccino and chocolate flavors, with a reasonable hop background. Nice, not too intense.

M: Smooth carbonation, on the light side of medium bodied.

D: Drinks easy, and has a pretty reasonable ABV. Could probably go through a lot of these.

This is a very good beer, and one I will purchase again in the future.

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Photo of juju7
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a sight with that ginormous, rocky, tan head. Great lacing too, all the way to the end. As you'd expect the chocolate is there on the nose, but not in an excessive way. Quite subtle with a bit of coffee in the background. Medium-low carbonation, supremely smooth and silky. Soft bitterness with long finish. Good beer. If you haven't tried it, do. If you have, do it again.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a big head that sticks around forever. Beer is silky smooth looking and tasting. It is lightly chocolaty and very sweet and creamy. The chocolate flavor is rather subdued, it is certainly there, but does not hit you over the head with its presence. Absolute silk on the palate, a definite one to pick up again and again!

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Photo of Sleepisforthewik
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smell- Smells of Chocolate covered Raisons with what I detect as a slight nutty undertone which I am not sure was the beer or my apartment.

Taste- DARK chocolate; the taste is smooth and reminds me immensely of Lindt's 85% cocoa bars.

Mouthfeel - I would call it middle of the road thickness that is definitely creamy.

Appearence - 1/2" thick head that is light and creamy looking, dark black and completely opaque.

Drinkability- Exceptional. I feel this would be paired excellently with some Black Forest Cake or strawberries.

I feel this stout hit's its name pretty neatly on the mark and it lives up to the product the bottle is trying to sell. Bravo.

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Photo of hopmonkey
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


A - Beautiful deep brown black, with a creamy head.

S - chocolate! But not sick-sweet or overbearing.

T - Exceptional. Malty, toasty, yeasty...and of course chocolatey. But all in harmony. A very well sorted stout in that they let the chocolate take care of the bitterness that otherwise would have been provided by the hops. I feel that some of the IPA guys make a mistake here and end up with a hoppy mess. This is a smooth and balanced presentation that shouts chocolate without being overly aggressive or confining itself to a dessert niche. It is also very much a stout.

M - creamy with enough fine carbonation to keep it from too much milkiness.

D - The chocolate, though wonderful, is not an all night affair.

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Photo of blynes75
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Very dark with only burgandy hues at the edge of the glass. Dark caramel head that did not stay around long. Some nice lacing as well.

S: Roasted malts and a very slight chocolate aroma.

T: Very malty but thats about it. Not much to this beer. I did not pick up much chocolate and it was no where near as sweet as the name implies. Maybe I just had a bad bottle but to me it had a bitter and almost sour finish to it which doesn't seem in line with the majority of the reviews. Not much going on here.

M: Smooth and very thin. I was expecting a thicker and creamier texture. Carbonation was excessive.

D: Very smooth and drinkable. Not exactly what I was expecting in a beer of this type. I like my stouts to have a little more going on and this one simply did not.

A little dissapointed with this beer. Would like to try another w/ a different batch date.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Nearly opaque looking brew containing a perfect amount of carbonation plus terrific lacing.

S - Sweet smelling rich malts topped with pure chocolate goodness.

T - Incredible. Absolutely incredible. In fact, I like it so much that I feel that no chocolate stout, with the exception of Rouge, can even remotely compare. Considering this brew is a fraction of the cost of Rouge and tastes better its a God send for stout connoisseurs. I cannot even begin to explain the complex, rich nature of this brew. Delicious.

M - Somewhat thick, yet smooth and refreshing.

D - Far too good. I could drink this brew exclusively for the rest of my life without a doubt. However, I will admit that the bottled version of this brew does not even remotely compare to the nitro-can. Truthfully, if bottles are the only Young's available, I will choose the oatmeal stout over the double chocolate every time. This is because that in the bottle, double chocolate gains a bitterness that I dislike. Nevertheless, this is my all time favorite beer. Period.

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Photo of Buggies
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black! Nice looking creamy head similar to Guinness. Beautiful cascading effect also. Dam these kinds of beers are nice to look at!

S: Smells sweet with a definite chocolate aroma. Some light coffee aroma there as well. Kinda reminds me of one of those iced coffee drinks you can get now-a-days.

T: Tastes awesome. Sweet with a definite chocolate and coffee taste. Very creamy and smooth! Nothing too overly powerful here. This beer is well balanced. This makes for a nice desert type beer.

This beer is VERY drinkable. It makes for a nice treat, and it's suited just right for a perfect desert type brew.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Glints of light if held up to a very bright light. Smooth, velvety head that never goes away.
Sweet, malty aroma. Powdered cocoa, sugar, and a little alcohol aroma.
Surprisingly not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Dark chocolate is definitely there, cocoa powder, some sugary sweetness. But, there's a lovely, smokiness that comes in early to cut the sweetness. Subtle herbal hops round out the flavors.
Thick body. Motor oil consistency. Velvety smooth from the nitro widget.
Quite drinkable. Great dessert beer.
Since I have a huge sweet tooth, I tend to gravitate to the sweeter stouts, like this and milk stouts. This did not disappoint. Now, I just need to find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of robbyc1
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it's the astingestry of the chocolate, like malted milk balls combined with matalic steel taste - not to my liking - chalkiness at the finish, dry, not bad just not my style - otherwise ok on all accounts not for me though. Good dark no see through look, metalic

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Photo of cdViking
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed 4/20/09.

Pours standard dark, with nice head. Strong chocolate smell, malt also in there. Taste is pretty good, with chocolate absolutely dominating the palette; probably the strongest chocolate taste I've had in a chocolate stout. Eminently silky smooth and creamy, absolutely fantastic to drink. Low ABV makes for good repeat consumption over the course of an evening.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this one more times than I care to count, but finally getting around to reviewing it. After letting it sit out of the fridge for 5 minutes or so, poured from a 14.9 oz nitro can into my Sam Adams glass. Lacing blanketed the side of the glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, with an awesome cascading effect from the nitro, that slowly built up to two fingers of smooth, off-white head. The head lingered for quite some time.

Smell: Milk chocolate, a 'tang' like that in Guinness that I just can't place.

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, backed by only a hint of bitterness. A mix of bitter and sweet chocolate - mostly bitter up front, with a slight sweetness in the background. This one absolutely needs to be served warmer than fridge temperature to really appreciate all the flavors. Some roasted notes are in there as well. It's not a sweet beer though, and it's very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The nitro makes this incredibly smooth, but a tad thin. Feels just like milk, and it makes the whole thing taste just a little watery.

Drinkability: Very smooth, and very easy to put this one down. It's a great beer for people who don't like beer. An excellent standby that I like to always have on hand.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ firewaters in AC

not sure if it was a nitro-tap or not. a nice black body comes with a creamy one-finger head. the head sticks around and leaves some lacing, even when it's just a ring of foam.

the aroma is nice sweet, somewhat chocolatey, light coffee aroma. it's not a powerful aroma, but it's nice.

if you didn't know better, you'd swear you were drinking a carbonated milkshake creation. chocolatey goodness abound. sweetness helps to create the illusion, a touch of roasty coffee bitterness, and some hints of malts. no hop bitterness to speak of.

a medium mouthfeel helps to finish of the chocolate milk/ milk shake feel to it. the carbonation is well held, but it's not imperial stout thick.

easy to drink. if i were in a mood for it, having more than one would be no challenge. dinner reservations probably were the only thing holding me back from getting another.

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Photo of badmoon
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a can.

A: Blacker than black. Creamy head similar to Guinness. I find it very appealing to look at.

S: Malty. I'm also picking up some chocolate. That's to be expected, I guess.

T: Very creamy and rich. Chocolate, toffee, and malt. It's sweet and finishes very nicely.

M: Full, creamy and smooth. Not much carbonation but that's fine. Finishes really smoothly.

D: Not overly strong and the big chocolate flavors being the star, this beer is very drinkable. I could have more than one of these when in the right mood.

Overall: I really liked it. I would choose this over a Guinness any day as I seem them as being marketed in a similar way. Very nice interpretation of a stout.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a syrupy pitch black with a creamy 3 finger off-white head that stays with the beer the whole time. Nice lacing along the glass.

S: The nose is very sweet. Creamy notes, as well as butter and faint roasted malts

T: Again, creamy notes, butter, chocolate, butterscotch and roasted malts. No hops here

MF/D: Very nice texture the whole way down, finishes exceptionally smooth. A definitely session beer for stout lovers

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the label and bottle presentation. Poured into a pint glass. Color is jet black with thick creamy light brown foam that takes minutes, not seconds, to recede.

Smell is rich roasted sweet coffee/chocolate. Very powerful. Reminiscent of a hot cocoa or chocolate bar.

Taste is weet like a chocolate bar, back with malt. It is sweet throughout, but perfectly balanced, and bitter only at the very very end. Remarkably light for a beer this rich and dark - not overpowering in the mouthfeel at all. Lightly carbonated.

One to come back to - whether you could have several in a sitting remains to be seen, but this is not that kind of beer. One to enjoy for its unique taste and complexity.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P: Completely opague body in direct light, with a light brown stream of light filtering through the very edges of the glass. The 2 fingered tan head is thick and creamy with good retention.

A: Double Chocolate is right! Sweet, creamy milk chocolate dominates the nose, while roasted malts and coffee barely manage to put in their 2 cents.

T: Flavors are pretty much the same as the nose. Tons of sweet, rich chocolate that smothers the palate. Roasted malts are there along with some coffee, but nothing in this brew gives enough variation to the overwhelming chocolate. This tastes very one-dimensional with no depth of character to speak of. Just too sweet and cloying for me.

M: This almost feels too light and watery to be a stout. But if it were any fuller, that cloying sensation would be even worse. So, I guess the mouthfeel is at fault to a benefit.

Notes: This one is just too sweet and one-dimensional for me. I do understand that this was probably what they were going for, but it's just not my cup of tea. I thought the Rogue Chocolate Stout I just had on-tap was much better.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,791 ratings
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